Mentor Advice Giving in an Alternative Certification Program for Secondary Science Teaching: Opportunities and Roadblocks in Developing a Knowledge Base for Teaching

Dec. 15, 2007

Source: Journal of Science Teacher Education, Volume 18, Number 6 / December, 2007 pp.817-840

Mentoring is often an important component of alternative certification programs, yet little is known about what novices learn about science teaching through mentoring relationships.
This study investigated the advice given by two mentor science teachers to their protégés.

Findings indicate that mentors gave more advice related to general pedagogical knowledge than science-specific pedagogical content knowledge.
Specifically, there was little to no advice related to the topics of inquiry, the nature of science, or the development of scientific literacy. Implications call for an increase in communication between university teacher education programs and school-based mentors, the development of benchmarks to help guide mentor–protégé interactions, and the importance of a multiyear induction process.

Updated: Feb. 19, 2008